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Realtime Status Board from Trimble Gives Farm Trans Better and Faster Results for Fleet Management

Farm Trans has been automating its operations for many years. In order to raise the efficiency of its fleet to an ever higher level, the transport company invested in Trimble’s Realtime Status Board for its transport and logistics activities. On a big screen in the middle of the planning department, the major parameters that are of importance to Farm Trans are at a glance. "We have already automated a variety of our activities, but we were still in need of a better insight into the current state of our fleet. With the Realtime Status Board, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are permanently monitored. This allows us to improve our reaction time," explains Theo Bos, Director of Farm Trans.

Farm Trans has been automating its operations for many years. In order to raise the efficiency of its fleet to an ever higher level, the transport company invested in Trimble’s Realtime Status Board for its transport and logistics activities. On a big screen in the middle of the planning department, the major parameters that are of importance to Farm Trans are at a glance. "We have already automated a variety of our activities, but we were still in need of a better insight into the current state of our fleet. With the Realtime Status Board, the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are permanently monitored. This allows us to improve our reaction time," explains Theo Bos, Director of Farm Trans.The Realtime Status Board at Farm Trans is used mainly for monitoring temperature-controlled food transports. In consultation with Trimble, some important parameters were chosen to be monitored on the board in a first phase. These include mileage, the number of deployable trucks and the average loading / unloading time. As soon as one of the KPIs exceeds the allowable deviation, the color codes change on the board and the planners are alerted.

"The average loading / unloading time is an important parameter for us. Basically, a loading activity should take no longer than an hour. But in practice, we notice that drivers often inform us of delays only if the loading exceeds more than two hours. Today, if a truck is loading for more than an hour, we are immediately alerted on the screen, and we can react quickly. Ditto for the mileage. If we want to cover about 700 km a day, this means that at 5 p.m., we have to register an average distance of 600 km per vehicle. If this figure is not achieved, we are alerted on the screen and we can take action," says Bos.

To Theo Bos, the most significant Realtime Status Board strength is that the solution enables Farm Trans to react faster and increase the efficiency of the fleet. "When I arrive at the department, I can see how things stand. We do not have to wait for the weekly reports. Trimble’s reporting and analyzing tool, FleetHours, allow us to see today the results of last week and that is already pretty fast. But if you cannot determine until next week that something has gone wrong this week, you cannot take action any more. With the Realtime Status Board we can still influence the outcome," he says.

The visual display is also a major plus. "The planners handle a lot of information on their screens. This is why this kind of information might escape attention. Today we have a much better insight into the current status of our fleet and this pays off. The average time spent on location dropped by 15 to 20 percent in the past year. This result is certainly due to multiple factors, but the Realtime Status Board plays a major role because it allows us to have a visual pulse on our transport fleet," concludes Theo Bos.